How to Make an Activity Advent Calendar for Kids

by Eat Well with Lex

The holidays season is upon us, and what better way to sprinkle some extra magic into it than with a DIY activity advent calendar for the kiddos? If you’re on a mission to make this Christmas unforgettable for your little ones, you’re in for a treat! This advent calendar idea is not only a fun way to count down the days but also an inexpensive way to create lasting memories with your kids.

I will be showing you how to make the perfect activity advent calendar that’ll have your kids counting down the days with excitement. Get ready for 25 days of holiday magic, featuring crafting and baking to imaginative play, cozy movie nights, and more – and did I mention that the majority of these activities are free?

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pocket advent calendar on wall

Activity Advent Calendar: Unwrapping Joy Without Breaking the Bank

Celebrating the holidays doesn’t have to cost a sleigh-load of cash. Our Activity Advent Calendar is proof that the most magical moments can be crafted at home with simple, budget-friendly materials. From handmade ornaments to personalized stockings, each day brings a new opportunity to create cherished memories without emptying your wallet.

Customizable to Age: Because Every Elf is Unique!

Here’s what I love the most about an activity advent calendar for kids: It is customizable to age.

Whether you have tiny tots or growing tweens, you can customize the activities to their age. From simple crafts for the littlest elves to more complex adventures for the older ones, this DIY advent calendar idea ensures that everyone gets in on the festive fun.

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How to Make an Activity Advent Calendar for Kids

Step 1: Get a Pocket Advent Calendar

Visit your local craft store or order online to find a pocket advent calendar. These can be fabric, felt, or even paper calendars with pockets for each day leading up to Christmas. Choose one that suits your style and fits well with your holiday decor.

Here some some advent calendars that you can get by December 1st.

Advent calendar for kids

Step 2: Make a List of 25 Activities

Sit down with your family and brainstorm 25 festive activities that you can enjoy together throughout the holiday season. Consider a mix of crafts, baking, outdoor activities, and special traditions. Make sure the activities are age-appropriate and align with your family’s interests. We’ve got you covered with a FREE list of advent calendar activities below. Download your free list now!

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Easy DIY ideas for all ages
  • Memorable crafts, festive baking adventures, and more
  • Suggestions that won’t break the bank
  • Customizable activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and beyond

Christmas crafts to add to your activity advent calendar.

Step 3: Write Each Activity on Pieces of Paper

Grab some colorful paper or cut plain paper into smaller pieces. Write down each activity on a separate piece of paper. This is where you can get creative – use festive colors, add doodles, or even use holiday-themed stickers to make each activity slip unique.

activity ideas on small slips of paper for the advent calendar

Step 4: Add the Activities to the Pockets

Fold each paper with the activity and tuck it into the corresponding pocket on the advent calendar. Arrange them in random order or organize them strategically, depending on the activities. This step adds an element of surprise each day.

Placing handwritten activity slips into the pockets of the DIY advent calendar

Step 5: Starting Dec 1st, Pull an Activity Each Day and Enjoy

As December 1st arrives, the excitement begins! Each day, have one family member (perhaps take turns or let the littlest elf have the honor) pull out the activity for the day.

christmas activity for advent calendar

Optional Feature: Include a Basket of Little Gifts

For a little razzle dazzle, consider adding a basket of small gifts next to the advent calendar. Throughout the season, tuck in a few extra surprises – perhaps little trinkets, holiday-themed toys, or treats. If you’re looking for affordable options, check out Target’s Bullseye Playground for a variety of fun and reasonably priced goodies.

There you have it – a step-by-step guide to creating a memorable and festive Activity Advent Calendar for kids to enjoy throughout the holiday season!

Let’s make every day leading up to Christmas a celebration filled with joy and cherished memories. Download your FREE list of ideas now!

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Toddler Gifts Ideas for Christmas | Eat Well With Lex November 28, 2023 - 5:28 am

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